Srinagar, Dec 8: The Home department of Jammu and Kashmir government is processing the fixation of the seniority of Jammu and Kashmir Police Service Officers and DSP and SP ranked promotees for placing the seniority list before the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir which has granted just two weeks for the fixation of seniority list to the government.
The direction of the High Court to the Home Department came last month when the petitioners while agitating their case before the High Court alleged that the inability of the home department in fixing the seniority of Jammu and Kashmir Police Service (JKPS) officers has created unprecedented delay in the process of inducting illegible officers into the Indian Police Service for which 50 slots are presently vacant.
Sources revealed that scores of direct recruits of Kashmir Police Service (KPS) are awaiting the finalization of the seniority list as they have already completed 19 years of service but are made to wait for IPS induction.
Sources said that while there has been no induction since 2010, the only reason for this huge administrative inertia lies in the failure of home department in finalization of the seniority list of DSPs since 2010.
It may be mentioned here that Jammu and Kashmir High Court on 22nd November 2012 in one of its judgments had ordered that the seniority of direct recruits vis-à-vis the promotees should be re-examined after hearing the stakeholders and issue settled within three months but even after waiting for seven long years, the home department has failed to come up with the seniority list.
Defending indefensibly, the officials in the home department say that divergent views about service rules, admissibility of leave and deputation quota in various RIT petitions are the main causes of delay but the fact remains that government has failed to agitate the matter before the appropriate forum to seek clarifications as required.
Interestingly the induction of Jammu and Kashmir Police Service Officers into IPS would have been filled long back.
It may be mentioned here that hundreds of DSPs and SPs have retired during last 10 years who could not be confirmed or promoted and have suffered huge in fixation of their pension dues.
The government had constituted a committee headed by ADGP headquarters PHQ which has since submitted its report to the home department and this has been also acknowledged by the government before the division bench of the state high court at Jammu on November 29, 2018, when the LPAs on the subject were heard. The government sought two weeks’ time for taking a decision which has been granted to it by the high court. The government at present needs to clear the air with regard to applicability of service rules prior to 2002 in light of its own orders which include SRO 210 of 1994 and government order Number 349 of 1986 besides the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of India in the case titled “Sheikh Abdul Rashid vs state of J&K and others”.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity said, “We have received the directions from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and are examining the case of seniority on a fast track basis and probably would be able to produce the seniority list before the High Court on the next date of hearing.” (KNS)
Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar
Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar
Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.
The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.
Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.
It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.
Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.
Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.
Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.
Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar
Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.
National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.
“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.
He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.
“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.
Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.
“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.
He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.
Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal
Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.
In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.
He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.
Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.
JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.
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